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A McKenzie Sisters Mystery

My next book, The Case of the Copper King, is a delightful novel set in 1899 Colorado. It is a historical western romantic cozy mystery (it's possible I'm making that super long genre up), which is part of a new series thought up by Samantha St. Claire, author of the wonderful Sawtooth Range series. 


I have had so much fun with these new characters, and can't wait for you to meet them. 

I lived on a small ranch in Colorado for a couple of years in my youth, and it has been a delight to research and revisit those wonderful memories. Subscribe to the newsletter today to make sure you don't miss when this book releases!

To be released June 22, 2021. Pre-order today!

What about after that?

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A Montana Gallagher Novel

My next book in the Montana Gallagher series takes place the winter after The Healer of Briarwood ended. This is the second book in the Gallagher sub-series, Tales from Briarwood, where you get to meet some of the folks who have become part of the remarkable mountain community of Briarwood, Montana. This series is set in the Montana Territory during the 1880s, and this is a stand-alone novel.


Details will be forthcoming, a little at a time, so stay tuned and visit again.

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This book is slated to release before Christmas 2021. I'm a slow writer and I really like to sleep, so I never announce a release date until a book goes through the first phase of edits.

A Story About



It all began with Ethan, Gabriel, and Eliza Gallagher. Set against the backdrop of the Hawk's Peak Ranch and the town of Briarwood, this family's influence, kindness, and love have permeated the lives of all those around them. Family is at the heart of this series, and each new book continues that legacy.



Our newest heroine possesses both fierce strength and a wounded spirit. Her only chance to move past what happened is to find within herself the hope to move forward . . . and let go.



Christmas is a favorite time of the year with the Gallaghers and their friends, and this coming season will be one none of them will ever forget. Briarwood will be bedecked with holiday hope, and you are all invited to join in the festivities.

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The Writing Room

In Progress

The Case of the Copper King is in the home stretch (pun intended) and will release June 2021. I am also writing book eight of the Montana Gallagher series. Stay tuned for more details as the writing unfolds. 


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The seventh Gallagher novel, The Healer of Briarwood, released on Dec 15, 2020. This is Doc Brody's story, and also introduces a delightful new heroine for him. It is filled with a lot of emotion, changing times, and a few surprises.

On the Planning Board

I have more books planned for all of my existing series, and I am in the planning stages of more series and a few stand-alone novels. I have enough projects on the planning board to keep me busy for many years. 

The process of writing a story is fun and messy and riddled with mistakes and changes. I may get halfway through a book before I feel the story needs to go in another direction in order to remain true to the characters. I've tossed out half a book (2 books, actually) before when it didn't feel right. These are among the many reasons why I don't share details about my various works-in-progress until I get closer to a completion date.


I write in a combination of longhand and typing, which means sometimes the writing is really fast and other times snail-paced slow. Some years I may write one book, other years it may be two or three, and if life requires it, a year may be skipped, though that hasn't happened yet. Each book takes as long as it takes. Read about the write-to-publish process